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Since 1994 the apartheid laws of South Africa have been replaced by a democratic constitution that ensures equal rights for all. The country has made significant progress in the areas of socioeconomic and political development. However, the economic growth and the movements towards democratization have not resulted in a more equal society. In fact, South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world. The inequalities manifests themselves in most arenas in life like in the formal and informal employment sector, people’s access to and control over land and within health.

In addition there has been a clampdown on people’s democratic rights such as the right to free speech and the right to information. As a consequence there has been a growing dissatisfaction among people and this has, among other things, lead to social unrest with an increase in number of violent demonstrations.  

News from South Africa:

Abahlali baseMjondolo leader forced underground after death threats

S’bu Zikode, President of the shack dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo in South Africa has been forced to go underground after repe...
24.08.2018 |

Slumdwellers activists threatened and killed in South Africa

Sunday March 26, a man was shot in Bhambayi, one of Durban's suburbs. He’s now admitted to hospital struggling for life. He was shot by a...
30.03.2017 | Torunn Aaslund

NPA partner receives international prize for trade union rights

The South African union CSAAWU has been awarded the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights for 2017. NPA welcomes thi...
24.03.2017 | Julie Offerdal

Ubuntu lifted Norway, so why not South Africa?

In a commentary post in South Africa's Mail & Guardian, Liv Tørres, secretary-general of the Norwegian People's Aid, reflects on the...
28.05.2013 | Liv Tørres

Finding My Humanity in South Africa

“I told them...
23.01.2013 | Victoria Uwonkunda